School is finally in full swing, and people are starting to think about what they are going to be for Halloween this year. However, before we officially say goodbye to Summer, I started thinking back about all the movies I saw these past few months. What with being on hiatus for the Summer traveling to Portland and Ireland, I didn’t get many reviews done, so it’s time for… The Summer Movie Recap! Exciting, right? …ok, fine, go back to splurg purchases of tiny pumpkins and candy. But trust me, your friends and family are going to finish that candy off long before Halloween gets here.
Dir. James Wan
PROS: The Conjuring has everything a horror movie needs: a creepy doll, cellar, furniture, pier, giant twisted gnarled tree, piano, and a shit-ton of door creaks. Unlike many predecessors that claim they are actually based on true stories, this one is. The Warrens were a real team of paranormal investigators. The room with all the artifacts and trophies from previous cases reminded me of the collection Marshall from Eerie, Indiana had in his basement.
CONS: The door creak button on the sound panel must have been worn to a nub by the end of mixing. A few things were changed, like the Annabelle doll was originally a Raggedy Anne doll, which I find more frightening than the horrifying stand-in used in the film.
The World’s End
Dir. Edgar Wright
PROS: A combination of The Stepford Wives, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and a dash of Stand By Me, The World’s End is a feel good movie about friendship and, well, drinking, and lots of it.
CONS: No irate swan in the back of a cop car or Timothy Dalton.
This is the End
Dir. Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen
PROS: The cast. It’s side-splitting and worth the watch. I won’t tell you any more than that. No spoilers.
CONS: I told you, no spoilers.
Dir. James Mangold
PROS: A shirtless Hugh Jackman, a fight on top of a bullet train, a giant mech samurai…. it had a lot of potential. If you see it, do make sure to stick around for a mid-credits scene.
CONS: The bear dies. The romance and a lot of characters’ motivation was tacked on, and I had no idea what one of the main villain’s name was for a better part of the film. Little of the previously mentioned potential was realized.
Dir. Guillermo Del Toro
PROS: It was all you could ever ask for in a Kaiju versus Mech film. Hideo Kojima loved it. Charlie Day. Ron Perlman.
CONS: Some of the actors could have been better, but if all you’re wanting is an action film, then it’s fine. Many of the lead male Caucasian actors looked alike. Granted there were father/son and brother teams, but still.
Much Ado About Nothing
Dir. Joss Whedon
PROS: Joss Whedon. Nathan Fillion kills it. Ingenious reinterpretation of a classic.
CONS: If you’re not into Shakespeare, then you probably won’t geek out too hard over this particular film.
Dir. Neill Blomkamp
PROS: Same guy who did District 9. Good villains. Jodi Foster. Killer flying Roombas.
CONS: Pretty basic sci-fi plot line, dating back to 1920s Metropolis, of the well-to-do upper class leaving the lower class to toil and wallow in their own decrepitude. And instead of a hot girl-bot, we get a radiated Matt Damon android. Felt more like District 9 ½ with the setting in the not too distant future, robot suits, and sprawling slum land.
Star Trek: Into Darkness
Dir. J.J. Abrams
PROS: Benedict Cumberbatch AND Zachary Quinto? Sign me up, buddy! Plenty of TOS references.
CONS: Distinct lack of operatic space battles. The Chekhov’s gun is a giant space ship, and all you manage to do is crash it?
World War Z
Dir. Marc Forster
PROS: There are zombies in it, along with Brad Pitt. If you like a Pepsi commercial in the middle of your film.
CONS: Nothing like the book. Bad Writing.